Julie Daly, her husband Ronan and her three children are being forced to leave their home town of Kinsale because of sky-high rents. Despite a series of announcements in Budget 2019, Julie said the measures will make no difference to their plight and will not help others stuck in the rental trap.
She described the housing crisis as “heartbreaking” and “disgusting”, with severe shortages of properties and soaring rents.
“I think it is absolutely heartbreaking. I don’t see my children all week because I am working hard to pay for normal things like rent and food. All we want is normality,” she said.
Julie, who comes from a staunch Fine Gael family, has vowed never to vote for the party again because of its failure to tackle the crisis.
Fellow Cork woman, Catherine Moloney, her husband Alan and three children, were on the brink of homelessness earlier this year when they found themselves being asked to leave their accommodation because their landlord wanted to sell.
She described the Government’s plan to spend an extra €121m on Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) as a “complete waste of time” because landlords refuse to accept it anyway.
“Landlords don’t want to use HAP and people trying to rent with it are being discriminated against because of it,” Catherine said.
She also said that the market is not being monitored and the 4% cap on rental increases are being ignored by landlords.
“One of my previous rented homes in Douglas jumped from €800 a month to €1,500 within two and a half years. That is almost double, it is just unbelievable.”
Meanwhile, the average worker will be €4 better off per week after yesterday’s budget. There were also increases in social welfare payments and the minimum wage.